Drug Addiction

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Sticking cocaine addicts with pins: Acupuncture study

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Acupuncture appears to help some cocaine addicts escape their dependence, according to a report published this week by researchers at Yale University.

Experts say cocaine addiction is one of the hardest drug dependencies to treat. And while many treatment centres have been using acupuncture for some time, usually together with other therapies, scientific studies of its effectiveness in treating cocaine addiction have been inconclusive.

Canada's killing fields

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Quickly: which community records the highest HIV rate in the western world? Answer: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

This small section of the jewel of Canada's western-most province harbors more poverty, misery and death than any other part of the western world.

That's hardly a record the nation voted the best to live in by the United Nations five years in a row can be proud of.

Earlier this week, residents of Downtown Eastside demonstrated against the lack of government action in the face of the appalling death rate from illicit drug use in the area.

Is addiction a choice?

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You couldn't hope to meet someone more together than Catherine. She's smart and she's got a PhD in history to prove it. She's on the cusp of an exciting career in the dot.com world. Last month, she got married.

And, oh yeah, she used to be a binge-drinking heroin addict. Until she decided not to be anymore.

Lack of cure spurs interest in an exotic shrub, heroin addicts

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Howard Lotsof wasn't trying to end his addiction. A college dropout with a heroin habit and a taste for pharmacological adventure, he was simply curious about ibogaine, an alkaloid derived from a West African shrub. But a single dose of the drug sent him on a 36-hour psychedelic journey, filled with dreamlike visions and painful self-discovery that miraculously killed his craving for dope.

Spending addiction real deal; Parallels alcoholism

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A family crisis has left you dazed, so you hit the clothing stores for some serious power shopping. Or a dressing down by the boss emboldens you to go out and buy a computer gadget you've been wanting.

In both cases, if you can't afford it but you do it all the same, you could be suffering from a money disorder, a financial addiction every bit as real as alcoholism or drug addiction.

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